Finished “Hotel del Luna”

For the most part I enjoyed it. (Mild spoilers follow)

There were some noticeable inconsistencies, but they didn’t alter my enjoyment of this drama. What did change for me as the drama progressed, was that the “great” love between the two leads never really transpired for me. I was more into the back story of her first great love, and in hoping that she and he would have the opportunity to find it again. Of course I knew on every level that it couldn’t realistically be, unless her current love was a reincarnation of the first one. I honestly felt more longing and more of a connection between her and her first love.

Then, although the drama is based on goodbyes and moving on, there were just too many goodbyes in the end, and long ones at that! I kinda got the feeling that they no longer knew what to do with the leads by then, so my interest waned. Also, you really had to suspend belief in some of the situations and scenarios. I really liked most of the characters though, their histories and the bonds they formed. I cried more than normal, for me, lol.

I still look forward to seeing the leads in other dramas, and I especially enjoyed the stylish wardrobe of IU!

#hotel-del-luna, #iu, #lee-ji-eun, #series-review, #yeo-jin-goo

Hotel del Luna, thru ep 7

I am enjoying this one, for many reasons. As unlikable as our heroine “should” be, I just can’t not like her, that is. She’s mean, greedy, selfish and demanding, but her wounds go deep, 1000 years back to be exact, maybe more. And to have seen the things that she’s seen since then… the unfairness, evil, injustice, judgmental and merciless side of human beings, no wonder she rails against God because he has all the power and wields it sometimes with “mercy” and other times “mercilessly” as it is described in the drama.

Our hero is a stand up guy, and not afraid to stand up to her, even when she bellows, screams and has tantrums. He’s seeing first hand, after quite a bit of reluctance, that the world, and seemingly God, are indeed unfair, but he also learning that he has a part in trying to do what’s right, and making it happen in some cases. Both don’t realize yet, that it is God’s rightful judgment and goodness that will prevail, sooner or later.

She dresses out of sight! Stylish to a “T” !!!! Gosh she’s a beauty! And I love his deep voice—- didn’t think he had it in him at all cause he looks so boyish. I’m enjoying the stories and the side characters as well. The cinematography is also well done. If a story can make me feel both afraid and really sad for an evil spirit, I have to give it kudos. I usually fast forward the really evil stuff, cause I naturally just don’t want to go there.

I recommend this so far, and am not expecting it to “go south,” but if it does, I will still watch until the very end, lol.

#hotel-del-luna, #iu, #lee-ji-eun, #yeo-jin-goo

Hotel Del Luna, First Impressions

She’s a warrior of old, damned to manage this hotel of the dead for who knows how long. He’s a young man who’s father promised him to her 20 yrs before when he stumbled into the hotel, being somewhere between life and death. I must say that Oh Ji Ho is still very handsome to me, and he has great comedic timing although I think he should ALWAYS be a romantic lead in romantic mode, lol.

The first episode got pretty much to the point in letting us know what’s going on with the hotel, but the why is a mystery. The heroine is very pretty, and our hero is much more handsome than he looks in the promos for this drama. I’m guessing this is going to be a series of episodic stories related to the deaths of the characters involved, and where good and evil—— and their consequences prevail. Nice mix of fantasy with the real. Hope I like this!

#hotel-del-luna, #iu, #lee-ji-eun, #oh-ji-ho, #yeo-jin-goo

Circle: Two Worlds – Final Impressions

I started watching this drama with my husband, hoping to entice him with a sci-fi oriented drama, but he fell asleep during episode 1 and I put it on a back-burner until I was in the mood to finish it (solo). I’m still reluctant to finish Fight My Way, so last week was the time to do so.

The draw for me was Kim Kang-woo, but I knew that youngster Yeo Jin-goo was also promising; that’s how I started things, and how I ended things. There were a lot of things to like in the drama, but there were times I felt a little antsy for it to get a move on.

The premise might be the cause of the impatience; they started episodes in the past, when Yeo Jin-goo is a college student, trying to make sense of some strange suicides on campus that seem to implicate his fraternal twin (who is hung up on aliens and paranoia).  There are some scenes that take place earlier, when the twins were boys of about 8 and a mysterious stranger who they find nekkid on the road after a mysterious light in the sky and who they bring home (like a puppy?).

The second half (the second world) of the episodes were set about 26 years in the future, where there is a special community (not sure, maybe it can be described as an island?) called Smart World where they think they’ve eradicated crime, and real world where the poor regular scum live. Of course they’re wrong, and Kim Kang-woo is a cop trying to solve a murder. He also has a separate agenda: to find his missing brother. Things that are happening ‘now’ in Smart World are the result of things that happened in the past, and the two worlds ‘converging’ is all about figuring out exactly what those things are and who is responsible for them.

There is a lot of back and forth, running around, and sci-fi mumbo-jumbo about implanted chips that can erase memories and control strong, negative emotions, as well as alien intelligence, missing people, and murder. At the midway point I was wondering if I preferred the past, present, or future, but it came to me that having to split my interests in half left me half invested in both. For it being sci-fi, I found the acting to be a little melodramatic at times, though not horribly so (with the exception of the bad guy/s, who telegraph things loud and clear — no question whodunit). It was not a great drama, but it was moderately entertaining if you have a mild interest in this kind of thing. You might say “damned with faint praise,” and not be wrong.

In case you’re not going to watch it, or you’ve seen it already and would like to know my final gripe, you can read it after the jump. Continue reading

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